The sisters of the Alpha Pi chapter of Kappa Delta sorority at The College of William and Mary hosted Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast on Sunday, November 1 to celebrate International Girls Day.
International Girls Day is a celebration designed to teach girls that they can accomplish anything.
As the event started, Girl Scouts gathered around and made connections with the sisters of Kappa Delta. Inspirational guest speakers kicked off the event with words of encouragement for the girls. Girls had the opportunity to hear from a variety of female leaders, including Chief Deborah Cheesebro, William and Mary's first female police chief officer, Panya Vij, a neuroscience and computer science major at William and Mary, Dr. Harmony Dalgleish, assistant professor of biology at William and Mary and Ryan Murphy, an Old Dominion University nursing student.
"Know what you believe in, stand for what is right and act accordingly," Chief Cheesebro told the girls.
Throughout the day, girls rotated through activity stations, including an engineering project that challenged girls to build a tower strong enough to hold a golf ball using craft sticks, aluminum foil, tape and toothpicks. They also visited a career photo booth dress-up station that encouraged team building skills and self-reflection. The dress-up booth proved to be a big hit amongst the girls.
"I want to help people out, care for them and help them feel better," Girl Scout Brownie Lauren Roque said.
Lauren donned a white doctor coat in the dress-up booth.
Other events during the day included Zumba and small group discussions that allowed the girls to interact with positive role models and talk about how to overcome challenges to be anything they want to be.
Nationally, the Kappa Delta Sorority has been working with Girl Scouts since 1998. The sisters have hosted a number of events in which they serve as mentors and volunteers to help carry out the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Each chapter of Kappa Delta holds at least four events for Girl Scouts every year.
For more information about joining Girl Scouts, visit www.gsccc.org.
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